Technically, they weren’t wrong.
A Wikipedia user Thursday apparently edited the page explaining what the AFC Championship is by adding a line that bragged about how often the New England Patriots have made an appearance in the postseason game.
“The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC),” the sentence read, “where one team gets to play the New England Patriots for a chance to play in the Super Bowl.”
This Sunday, the Patriots play in their eighth straight AFC Championship.
The humorous sports take was added to the crowdsourced website around 9 p.m. Thursday and stayed up for about 15 minutes before it was removed by a different user, according to a log that shows revisions on the page.
The latest version of the page does not include the snarky line about how often the Patriots have played in the game and instead offers a more general explanation of the matchup.
“The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC) and one of the two semi-final playoff games of the National Football League,” the most up-to-date version says.
Wikipedia is open to public editing, meaning anyone with an Internet connection can insert new material or make corrections, according to the “Free Encyclopedia.”
If so-called vandalism on a specific page becomes persistent, however, some pages can be “protected” in an effort to thwart future changes, according to Wikipedia’s protection policy.
“The most commonly used types of protection are full protection, which means that a page can be modified only by administrators; and semi-protection, which means that a page can be modified only by users who are logged in and whose accounts have been confirmed,” the rules state.
As of Friday morning, the AFC Championship Game page had a semiprotected status.
The Patriots will appear in their eighth straight AFC Championship on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, an NFL record for consecutive appearances in a conference title game. They have won four and lost three since 2012.
The New England team has appeared in 14 AFC Championship Games overall and are 10-4. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have more appearances, with 16.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.